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I heard a city mayor talked about how the municipality had received their senior citizens employees to continue working beyond the early retirement age.

It started when they put on the traditional "retirement course" all of which were offered at 55 years of age. Senior jobs is a very delicate aspect in nowadays. The course had almost served as a message that it was becoming too old. Now it was added to a very different message in speeches: The municipality would like you to continue working for many years yet. What does it mean in practice for your plans and your finances?

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The annual appraisal interviews had a new point for anyone over 55 years. One would look at whether it was necessary to adjust working conditions so that the employee be able to master the job as many years without wearing out. This was especially important to many women. They often have jobs where "career" does not automatically provide light work over the years: primary and secondary school teachers, rein holders, nursing and caring professions, subordinate office staff.

One in three 50-66 year olds in the labor market in search for senior jobs does not believe that they will bear, or be healthy enough to work until retirement age. Almost half believe that less workload and shorter working hours would make it easier to continue. Less physically demanding work and slower work pace is also important for many. But how many leaders discuss working hours and working with senior citizens?

Thanks to long-term planning could be the leaders in her local organizing the working conditions for the oldest group by adjusting jobs as positions became vacant, whose duties were changed or in connection with reorganizations.




The municipality also gave the senior citizens of experience competence the status it deserved. They include more systematically used as sponsors and mentors for new employees. The municipality believed in lifelong learning, and showed it in action. It was actively put in place for course participation and development of skills for age groups over 55 years old. Last but not least, it was given personal pay increases for each year from 62 years of age, with 22.000 per year for full-time position.

State leaders are no different than the public ones. The state "modernize and renew" through downsizing. And downsizing is that municipalities, among other things, recommend the elders to quit. If they do not leave voluntarily, they can be dismissed and forcibly retired. As employees we meet any of them are parked on a siding, frozen out or simply forgotten after the reorganization. They do not fit in the "new concept" or whatever it's called.

It is reckless to let people finish work that way. There is no easier for them when the ministers, their chief employer, constantly repeating how important it is for society that the elderly are no longer working.

Studies show that senior citizens have valuable experience, are more stable than younger workers have less absenteeism and higher work ethic and sense of responsibility. So when it comes to senior jobs, everything takes different angle. In addition, this working group scored highest on the job. Senior policy's poll also shows that seniors are the age group that likes to work and who feel the greatest mastery in their work. Overall, this shows many of the senior's benefits in the workplace. Senior citizens skills and resources are not taken sufficiently seriously by the companies when the group approaching 60 years of age.

In addition to the seniors to choose, there are still companies who must take responsibility through facilitating and making it attractive for their oldest employees to continue in the workplace. Early mapping skills from the corporate side will make seniors more aware in terms of personal motivation and career planning. Research shows that the degree of influence at work, and to be included and demand, the prevention of early retirement.

I believe it is important that employers take steps to redefine their senior policy and communications strategy in relation to the senior jobs opportunities.

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